Hmm...yummy sight!With the start of summer my mother starts showing her obsession with this edible gold.Today she dragged me out of the house despite the rains, guess why? Only because she had run out of mangoes to eat and well we had to go get them even if the sky fell down.Believe me when I say she can eat the tangiest of the lot!Every night after dinner she is seen relishing on the 'Goratu' [mango seed] like she has never seen a mango before, this is her favorite part of eating the fruit.Her mango eating policy is 'A mango should not be cut or peeled, bite the skin with your teeth, nibble the pulp, let the juice flow down your throat and lick the seed clean with your tongue!'.
I wish I had inherited those taste buds, not that I do not like eating them that way.My favorite is the raw 'Tothapuri'.Give me some salt, some chilly powder and some coconut oil along with it and I will be grateful to you for life!The small wild ones which I used to collect with my Grandma during childhood are also irresistible.I do not know what they are called though.All I know is that the 'Sasive', a special dish my Havyaka folks make with it always does taste awesome.
If there is anything that brings some relief to almost all of us during this season it is the king of fruits.Can you imagine one summer without a mango, impossible right?:-)Ever wondered what makes the fruit so special?Here are some interesting facts:
- Mango is the most popular fruit of the world.
- Mango is the National Fruit of India.
- India is the largest exporter of mangoes.
- Mangoes are more than fruits.Every part of the mango tree is of some or the other use.They are considered sacred and have a high medicinal value.
- Dussheri, Mulgoa, Sindhoora, Rasberi, Jehangir, Alphonso,Neelum, Badami, Mallika, Amrapali, Himsagar, Langda, Safeda...a hundred like these are the varieties found here in India.The names are weirdly classy, aren't they?
I could go on but I have a mango waiting for me;-)To know more visit:
If an apple a day keeps a doctor away,a mango a day keeps sunshine with hay.Make use of it.Let me know which one is your favorite by the way:-)
Good night world.
Good night world.
PS: This is my 150th post on A Canary's Diary:-)